Newton Fund finds its way towards Astronomy in Thailand

Thai National Observatory 

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Feb 5, 2016

Today, Dr. Saran Poshyachinda, Deputy Director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand or NARIT welcomes Dr. Victoria Wright, Head of Research Department from Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the UK as talks on future collaborations in astronomy and related sciences have also been discussed.

Dr. Saran effortlessly takes Dr. Wright on tour at the Thai National Observatory (TNO) in Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai together with his team, gliding through TNO’s facilities; 2.4-m telescopes, ULTRASPEC, fibre-fed medium resolution echelle spectrograph, just to name a few.  The tour is part of Dr. Wright’s visit in the pursuit of astronomical collaborations with NARIT, in which astronomy is attributed to.

Both parties admit that the future collaborations through Newton Fund are essential to the expansion of NARIT’s territories in radio astronomy as the UK is one of the leading nations as top players in radio astronomy in the past decades. “With the UK’s expertise together with Newton Fund, both parties will enjoy the much-sought after cooperative tools for radio astronomy development in Thailand through matching funds, paired human resources or even equivalent coordinating contributions from both parties on an equal footing basis.” says Dr. Saran.  

NARIT has proposed 2 other urgent projects, which are currently main priorities to the fundamental development of national astronomy as well, attributed to “TNO’s Control System Upgrade” and “International Training Centre in Astronomy under the Auspices of UNESCO”, on which has been agreed and welcome by Dr. Wright.   

All projects are imperative to the development of human resources especially in the fields of engineering, radio astronomy technology, geodesic science, telecommunication, etc. "There are more branches of science and technology that will be greatly benefitted from such collaborative efforts, not to mention STEM education, which is one the most significant mechanisms in driving Thailand towards a knowledge-based society in the long run." adds Dr. Saran. 

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